Words: John Baron
Plans for 34 new energy efficient and affordable community-led homes in Armley have been approved by Leeds City Council planners.
Leeds Community Homes Ltd has been granted planning permission to build three detached blocks containing 18 one-bedroom flats and 10 two-bedroom flats on a disused site on Mistress Lane, just minutes away from Armley Town Street.
The plans also include six three-bedroom semi-detached family homes and a community space.
“The scheme has been created for the benefit of the local community, both in the housing and the landscape provision.
“[It] will make a generous contribution to this area, including improvements to the street frontage, rich and engaging publicly accessible spaces and a new flexible community space for a variety of local meetings and functions.”
The proposals were first submitted last April. Weather-proof Photovoltaic panels, which convert light into electricity, will be embedded to form part of the roofing on the properties.
A council planning officer’s report concludes:
“It is considered that, subject to conditions, the proposed development is acceptable and is supported by local and national planning policies and therefore the application is recommended for approval.”
A raft of 27 conditions imposed upon the development include details of windows, roofing and doors being agreed by the council before work starts.
Leeds Community Homes is a not-for-profit Community Land Trust aimed at delivering affordable homes and better spaces for communities.